ARTSCARE podcast featuring Electric Wizard, KARP, Scorn, Lucky Dragons and many more.
Our good friends over at ARTSCARE in Bristol have put together a fantastic new podcast featuring some of the Supersonic acts. ARTSCARE are a DIY crew promoting great unsigned talent from Bristol and beyond. They specialise in limited edition CD runs, online promotion and showcase events for artists and bands who are willing to pitch in, roll their sleeves up and be proactive. Righteous people in other words. Enjoy their sounds here: soundcloud.com/artscarebristol/supersonic-podcast-2011
The eighth in our series of Supersonic Q&As, introducing you to the artists playing in 2011 and giving you an insight into their world. Today, hailing from London, a little known treasure named Slabdragger. A band who sing about epic quests to Nepal to find killer weed, rubbish Roman Centurions, battling huge Octopian creatures and drinking rum. They also feature the one and only Sam Thredder (Dead Swans, More Than Life, Last Witness, Throats). And, as their label Holy Roar says, they’re sludge as. Answers courtesy of bass player Yusuf Tary.
1. Which five words describe what you know about Supersonic?
THIS IS SOME HEAVY SHIT.
2. What can people expect of Slabdragger at the festival? A lot of massive, driving, noisy riffs that your mum would not like very much.
3. Why make music – what does it do for you that nothing else does? It takes away the pressures of the ‘life competition’ that we all seem to be involved in. Music seems to be the one thing in our existence that is not (or shouldn’t) be competitive because everything else seems to be. People are generally so wrapped up in what their job title is, how much money they’re earning, what car they have blah blah blah. Our music, for us, transcends all that….. and we get to shout a lot.
4. Who else on the bill are you hoping to see? (And why?) I for one am looking forward to Electric Wizard as I’ve seen them before and they were amazing. I would also like to see Zombi as they have a real interesting sound.
5. Finally, your essential ‘surviving-Supersonic’ items are… It’s probably going to be fucking freezing in Birmingham so warm clothes and lots and lots of BEER.
“Slabdragger can, and will, stand toe-to-toe with Torche, YOB, Floor, Sleep and Electric Wizard. Big words for a largely unknown band from South London. But we genuinely feel that we have an undiscovered gem on our hands with Slabdragger – they are that good.
Two years in the making, and ridiculously fully-formed and fully-realised, Slabdragger sing about epic quests to Nepal to find killer weed, rubbish Roman Centurions, battling huge Octopian creatures and drinking rum. ” Holy Roar Records